May is ever important and I wouldn't be surprised if many Washington locations melt out before the Sierra Nevada, especially the Olympics. Also, remember that high percentages compared to average does not necessarily mean deep snow. Ten inches is 200% if the average is five inches, so some of these places can catch up very quickly if May has a lot of melting weather.adamschneider wrote: ↑April 13th, 2019, 8:32 pmMy favorite snowpack link:
https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/webmap/#h ... 8&zoom=5.5
It is kind of a bummer when Washington is low on snow and California is high. It means everything kinda melts out at the same time, instead of there being a nice northward progression.
General discussions on hiking in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
The snow in the Blue Mountains along I-84 was negligible to non-existent at 3500', but almost full coverage at the summit pass at 4193'. North of Troy, OR, in the woods on forest roads we were able to get to 3800' in a Subaru. High clearance trucks would be able to go a bit further.
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How deep is that snow? Was it just in the parking lot? What about as you hit the trail there? Thanks for getting the picture!drm wrote: ↑April 13th, 2019, 5:13 pmWent up Herman Ck, spent last night. Snow coverage becomes pretty complete just a few hundred yards before the Herman Ck crossing, which is at about 8 miles in. So Cedar Swamp is open for camping.
Also popped over the the other side to check out the Trapper Ck trailhead, getting close:
The snow at the trailhead was less than a foot deep, but very crunchy. I didn't stop to check out the trail. From past experience I expect it is snow covered off and on. Since the trail often is up on the south-facing hillside, it melts out early. But camping spots would still be covered. Next weekend would be the time to really check it out.
Folks may find this of interest. Shows where and how deep the snow is. Updated daily. Don't let "Sierra" in the title throw you off--shows all of the Western US--you just have to scroll around.
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